Peter Berg seemed to put another nail in the coffin of a Friday Night Lights movie in a recent interview, but let's not get all bent out of shape. Maybe it's time to just let this one die.
Berg, who directed the 2004 FNL film and created the TV series, is currently doing press for his Afghanistan-based film Lone Survivor, which co-stars Taylor Kitsch, a.k.a. the show's Tim Riggins. Both have had to field questions about a potential FNL movie and both have shot it down. Berg told Collider: “There’s not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen." Meanwhile, in an interview with Vulture, Kitsch said: "I'll just say no. [Slams fist on table.] No, period. I'm not doing it. I'm never gonna be in that movie. There was already a movie! And the show ended fuckin' spot-on. We're good."
Of course, Kitsch is right. Friday Night Lights has had a great, if improbable, life in three iterations: as Buzz Bissinger's book, as the Billy Bob Thornton-starring film, and as the beloved TV show that was revived from the dead. But in era of the Veronica Mars movie, we just can't seem to let things go. And it's not just fans! Producer Brian Grazer, for instance, stoked the fires of a reboot in an interview with Deadline earlier this year, and Berg has long seemed to hold a desire to do it. Despite the enthusiasm of the likes of star Connie Britton, a hold out was Kyle Chandler, and now it looks like Berg has buried the idea.
So now let's let this one rest. Maybe if we stop asking we'll get a nice surprise.